Rucstall Primary School

A caring, fun loving, learning community

Early Years Foundation Stage

What do we do in the Early Years (EYFS/Year R)?

Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is mainly undertaken through play based activities. These are carefully planned to ensure that your child is developing the skills that they need in order to thrive in Year One and begin more formal education.


Our curriculum is based around the seven areas of learning. These are similar to the different “subjects” that you might find higher up the school.  There are three prime areas that we monitor your child’s learning in across the year. They provide the basis for learning other skills and activities.


The prime areas of learning are:


Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Communication and Language (C&L)

Physical Development (PD)


As well as the three prime areas, there are four specific areas of learning.

The specific areas of learning are:



Literacy (L)

Mathematics (M)

Understanding the World (UtW)

Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)


Through playing and interacting with your child, we can observe the skills and knowledge that your child has, and challenge them to extend their thinking in each area of learning. We track your child’s progress in a document called a Learning Journey.


When children start at Rucstall Primary School, parents and children are invited for transition step-up sessions and meetings for parents/carers. During the transition arrangements we provide you with some training to support your child's development of early reading skills, phonics, mathematics and explain our curriculum, as well as the Early Learning Goals. We provide every family with a range of materials to help them prepare for their child's start at our school. These materials include a Parent Learning Guide (this includes information about the curriculum in the Early Years and details about starting school), ideas for supporting your child leaflets and games, a free story book to share, a speaking and listening prompt, a Pupil Photo Book (with images of the school and appropriate staff for them to read over the summer holidays) and other useful materials. If you miss any of these materials, or our workshops, details are shared on this page after the events. 


If you, or your child's first language is not English, then we do have materials to support you both and documentation is prepared in a variety of languages. 


2021 Reception Baseline

From September 2021 there will be a new statutory baseline assessment that all reception age pupils must take on entry to school. 

Below is a link where you can find out more about the baseline and a video for parents/carers. Please do not worry, children do not need to prepare for this. 


Reception baseline assessment: a new way of measuring progress for primary schools

The reception baseline assessment is scheduled to become statutory in England in September 2021. This will form the start of a new school-level progress meas...